Mexborough and Swinton Times May 10 1935
Not Worth Both Points
Denaby United 1, Hull City Reserves 2
A draw would have been a fairer result to this game than a win for the visitors. Denaby were the better team in the first half, with the slight breeze behind them, and they were rather unfortunate not to lead by more than one goal at the interval. Hull won by taking a couple of chances smartly in the second half.
Denaby forward line was not as well-balanced setting most of their recent games, and McPhail (reserve for the Rest v Midland league champions) was missed, while there was a definite weakness on the right wing although Boot worked quite well, in the first half at any rate, in the unaccustomed position of inside right. But even this comparatively ineffective attack gave the whole defence something to think about and just before the interval they had to particularly fortunate escapes. Thompson kicked the ball off the goal-line with Ainsley right of the goal and Fred Smith saw one of his snapshots hit an upright with the Hull keeper beaten.
Although Jones, who was tried as centre half, was shrewd and self-possessed, and Smith and Myers worked hard on either flank, the half back line did little to remedy the deficiencies of the forwards, although they defended well enough. Clark and Hinsley did very well at back, though the latter was inclined to fiddle with the ball in his own penalty area instead of getting it away. Hull were in a very ordinary state, with no outstanding players. Thompson and Lloyd, the backs, were tenacious, and Burdett and Moore worked hard in the attack, but the team were certainly not worth both points.
Johnson, who accomplished very little else, scored the Denaby goal with a neat header from a corner after half an hour. Hull’s equaliser also came from a corner, early in the second half. Moore headed against the bar and Burdett nipped in smartly to knock the rebound into the net. Newman caught the backs napping and ran in to beat Taylor from an angle to score Hull’s second goal, shortly after.